A Different Lens.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!
Its been quite sometime since my last post but I’m ok with that. A fresh start is always fun and exciting.
I truly believe this new year is going to be amazing!
I am taking the One Word 2011 challenge this year.
My one word this year is….
get ready….Surrender. My friend Katie Strandlund posted this January 1st about her One Word 2011. Her word was surrender. I gotta admit I thought: “Wow. She’s brave.” But..as I was reading God totally showed me that I needed surrender to be my One Word as well. It took a few minutes of whining, asking God for another word. Anything but surrender [and patience of course] but finally I had to, you guessed it, surrender to what God wanted for me.
First lesson of many to come. Now its on to a year of surrender.
Its gonna be extremely tough for me. But I know I can do with He who is always with me.

Katie put it so well that I have to quote it because it so amazingly describes me:

Surrendering fear of trusting, of risking, of dreaming
Surrendering my plans for action
Surrendering to risk and trust in relationships and community
Surrendering takes courage.

“I realized that at the root of all those other words was a common denominator. The reason I don’t risk, don’t dream, struggle with trust, resist relationships, shy away from true community, am afraid, fail to take action, and lack courage all comes down to one thing…me not fully surrendering everything I have and everything I am to the One who gave it all to me.”

I also want to share something that God showed me recently. We all know Psalm 23. We learned it as a kid in Sunday School. We sang “Jesus Walks” w/ Kanye about the the valley of the shadow of death
…but take a read at the first 4 verses:

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

He leads me…He guides me…but there’s something else David says
“… He makes me lie down”. Makes me lie down? Wow. I never took a second glance at that phrase ’til recently. I am definitely looking through a different lens this new year. Could it be that God has to force us to lie down? Maybe in doing that, our eyes are able to see the green pastures in our lives.
Our eyes are looking through a different lens now that God has made us lie down. Praise God!